Video Game Hangover (general)

It's Taco Tuesday! Naturally, with football season upon us, we're talking Madden. Special guest Josh Brown aka The Noyse joins us this week as well! Also on the menu: Layton vs Wright, Infamous Second Son DLC, and Azure Striker Gunvolt!

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_08-26-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

Prepare for an evening of intrigue with THE MAGICIAN RANDY! Gasp in terror as THE MAGICIAN RANDY spouts a litany of conjurations and summons apparitions to do his uncanny bidding! Afterward, THE MAGICIAN RANDY will play the latest Metal Gear.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
3:51 - Game Night
5:48 - Goat Simulator
13:35 - Rex Rocket
22:59 - Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes
37:30 - Guardian Heroes
42:25 - Backlog Attack
48:15 - Better with age
67:20 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_158_-_The_Magician_Randy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:22am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! Randy and Paul are joined by the legendary Todd Person, aka Goldbug74. On this week's menu: CounterSpy, Diablo 3: ULTIMATE Evil Edition of Doom, Plants vs Zombies: Modern Gun Edition, and Detective Grimoire.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_08-19-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

We take a leisurely stroll through the forest with Alan Wake, this year's most stubborn Backlog Attack game. Less leisurely, we shoot laser guns in Rex Rocket and wonder what's going on in Killer Is Dead. Finally, there might be a new Silent Hill game.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
3:18 - Game Night
6:22 - Alan Wake
16:00 - Killer Is Dead
27:15 - Rogue Legacy
33:48 - Rex Rocket
47:30 - GamesCom
63:55 - Viewer Mail
74:05 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_157_-_The_Ambiguity_Continues.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:42am PDT

Paul takes a spooky vacation in Alan Wake, Randy deals with the antiquated artifact that is Zelda: A Link to the Past, and D.J. doesn't know what to make of Rogue Legacy, but he's pretty sure he hates being colorblind. Final Fantasy XIV returns briefly.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
3:58 - Alan Wake
20:50 - Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
34:00 - Rogue Legacy
48:30 - Final Fantasy XIV
52:05 - Backlog contest update
58:14 - Last Call
66:30 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_156_-_My_10-Year-Old_Self.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! On the menu this week we start off with a lite bite, The Swapper. Our main course will be a combination platter of Metrico and Rex Rocket. All in Taco form.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_08-05-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:44am PDT

This week, at the 155th annual VGHangover Con: MORE Halo! MORE Assassin's Creed! That game about the bird and fish! How to win a cool video game of your very own! And a date with Destiny!

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
5:55 - Goldbug_74 Appreciation
7:00 - Entwined
13:35 - Destiny
29:15 - Halo: Reach
38:28Assassin's Creed 4
47:00 - Backlog Attack contest
51:30 - Who wants to go to a convention?
79:12 - Outro


Direct download: VGH_155_-_Polite_or_Racist.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:26am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! D.J. is joined by special guest The Noyse, and the chow down on The Last of Us: Remastered, and Rogue Legacy.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_07-29-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:29am PDT

Historians value Ben Franklin's almanac for the tall tales writ upon its pages (20 in Boston, 16 in New York). Stories of shrieking elves and cooperating robots delighted colonists able to parkour the rooftops to recover the First American's scrawlings.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
4:33 - Halo: Reach
15:44 - Zelda: A Link to the Past
23:02 - Assassin's Creed IV: Ben Franklin Dances Wild
31:03 - Divinity: Original Sin
44:15 - How I Learned to Stop Playing Solo and Love Co-Op Gunbroing Everything
62:45 - Viewer Mail
64:36 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_154_-_Ben_Franklins_Almanac.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! On the menu this week: Oddworld, Comic Workshop, My Ex-Boyfriend the Space Tyrant, and OlliOlli!

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_07-22-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:28am PDT

Raise shields! Charge engines! Calibrate the thing! Fire missiles! Assassinate a guy! Reroute auxiliary power! Touch primary booty! Engage hyperspace uncle! Watch electronic sports!


Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
6:25 - Animal Crossing: New Leaf
12:25 - Halo: Reach
22:48 - FTL: Faster than Light
30:28 - Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
33:18 - Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag
44:45 - eSports
63:43 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_153_-_Fire_All_Cannons_Release_All_Slaves.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13am PDT


This week's show is a celebration of the modern retro game, like Halo 3 and ZombiU. We also talk about Shovel Knight, since it would be a shame if we didn't.


Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
5:30 - Game Night
9:20 - Shadowrun: Dragonfall
13:50 - To the Moon
22:00 - ZombiU
35:15 - Halo 3: ODST
43:10 - Shovel Knight
54:20 - Modern retro games
64:06 - Last Call
65:25 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_152_-_Potato_Salad.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:16am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! We find ourselves in need of a Final Fantasy 14 expert, and so our buddy Pete joins us today to tell us all about the new FF14 2.3 PATCH! Also Wolves.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_07-08-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:04am PDT

The Backlog Attack returns! We pick out three more stacks of unfinished games that we're dying to cross off our lists. We also talk Hitman Go, The Wolf Among Us, and that game about the island and the tomodachis, while Paul experiences a traumatic event.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
2:45 - Game Night and Sci-Fi Movies
10:20 - Hitman Go
19:39 - Tomodachi Life
27:48 - Animal Crossing: New Leaf
37:00 - The Wolf Among Us
42:33 - Backlog Attack 2014
59:35 - Last Call
63:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_151_-_SaveVGH.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:42am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! On the menu this week: Castlevania III, Muramasa Rebirth, Towerfall Ascension, Dead Space 3. 

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_07-01-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48am PDT

On the show's 150th birthday, we, the podcasters, reflect upon Video Game Hangover's storied past and the indelible impression it's left on the Internet. Actually, we just talk about Mario Kart and Watch Dogs, two popular video games.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
2:45 - Game Night/Backlog preview
8:48 - Mario Kart 8
27:18 - Watch Dogs
45:28 - Final Fantasy XIV
53:35 - Nintendo Land
60:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_150_-_Fine.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:23am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! On the menu this week: GAMES! We'll start our meal with Eliss, move on to the main course of Shovel Knight, and finish off with a finely aged re-release of Another World. 

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_06-24-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:17am PDT

Randy and D.J. team up for an extra curmudgeonly post-E3 episode while Paul is away doing Things.


Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:48 - Code Name: STEAM
12:55 - Violence
25:40 - Women
41:20 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_149_5_-_E3_2014_Wrap-Up.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37am PDT

It's an all Veggie Taco Tuesday! On the menu this week: Mutant Blobs, UFC, Double Dragon, and even a little racing action in AiRace Xeno.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_06-17-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:08am PDT

It's E3 and we're covering the main events LIVE from the comfort of our bedrooms and after the show has ended. We're excited to play with toys and take Halo online, and we correctly predict Nintendo's steampunk Abraham Lincoln strategy game. Incredible!

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
2:45 - Microsoft
22:00 - Sony
41:45 - Nintendo
64:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_149_-_E3_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:20am PDT

We’re joining forces with Will and JD from 2 Ninjas 1 Podcast to get hyped and share predictions for next week’s massive E3 gaming expo. Together we’re twice as powerful!


Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
6:55 - Microsoft
22:34 - Sony
45:00 - Nintendo
58:00 - Ubisoft, EA, Etc.
68:50 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_148_-_Pre-E3_C-C-C-Combo_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:24am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! On the menu this week, Street Fighter 4: ULTRA Edition, Pixel Junk Shooter: ULTIMATE Edition, and Tomodachi Life: REGULAR edition.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_06-03-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:32am PDT

Attention astronaut: There’s been a terrible accident and now you have just 60 minutes of oxygen remaining. Better spend them listening to this episode about a talking sword and big worms.


Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro 7:11 - Game Night 8:20 - Wii U adventures 15:55 - Transistor 34:00 - Escape from the Moon Base 41:48 - Games without comparison 59:30 - Viewer Mail 62:50 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_147_-_Snakebite_T_Winterbottom.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:28am PDT

Two huge releases calls for our BIGGEST Taco Tuesday yet! D.J. and Paul are joined by Courtney and Russ to discuss Watch Dogs, and Mario Kart 8!

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_05-27-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:48am PDT

Are you the ultimate fanfiction author/biker gang leader? If so, you're invited to attend this podcast where we discuss your particular talents. Please watch out for potential murderers and/or time travel hazards. This episode is better without Kinect.


Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro 4:25 - Super TIME Force 15:00 - Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc 25:12 - You Have to Win the Game 33:05 - Better without Kinect 47:15 - Nintendo's mysterious E3 3DS mystery 55:25 - Viewer Mail 56:30 - Last Call 59:55 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_146_-_The_Best_and_the_Brightest_of_Japans_Youth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:33am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! D.J. is joined by community member Nathan Ortega to discuss two of this week's biggest games: Transistor and Wolfenstein!

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_05-20-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:45am PDT

To free us from the tyranny of car keys, we all get cybernetic implants. Also, we played some video games: FTL: Advanced Edition, Mega Man 3, and Mario Golf: World Tour. This episode is available to tomodachi of all races and sexual orientation.


Episode Timeline
0:00 - Intro 4:56 - FTL: Advanced Edition 12:10 - Mario Golf: World Tour 22:32 - Mega Man III 29:43 - #Miiquality 38:00 - Cyborgs among us 46:30 - E3 predictions and rumors 58:25 - Last Call 63:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_145_-_Captain_Idiot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:06pm PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! Randy dines alone.

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_05-13-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:43am PDT

This week, we take golf very seriously.


Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
5:50 - Viewer Mail
7:35 - Dark Souls II
24:30 - Shadowrun: Dragonfall
33:35 - Mario Golf: World Tour
47:00 - Games that deserve the Telltale treatment
58:40 - Last Call
66:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_144_-_The_Dark_Souls_of_Golf.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:38am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! D.J. and Paul gorge on a smorgasbord of delicious games this week including: Sportsfriends, Mega Man, and they even chat a little Vita 2000!

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_05-06-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13am PDT

This week's show tackles grown-up issues like depression, anime, and life with eight arms. Also, more Microsoft and Xbox One chat as per usual, and Video Game Community Theater brings its own mailbag.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:58 - Game Night / Viewer Mail
16:00 - Octodad
26:33 - Actual Sunlight
33:55 - Short Peace
41:35 - Video Game Community Theater: Animal Crossing
45:20 - Microsoft TV TV TV TV
62:00 - Last Call
66:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_143_-_Possessed_Possessions.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:51am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! D.J. gets confused and chomps down on a quesadilla while Randy and Paul hype this week's games... or something. On the menu this week: Mario Golf, Child of Light, and Picross E4!

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_04-29-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

We still have a few more games from PAX East to talk about, as it turns out. Meanwhile, 119 million Gameboys still work after 25 years, Randy scoffs at the meager challenge of Mario 3, D.J. crashes planes, and Paul hates the Steam controller.

0:00 - Intro
3:35 - Game Night
7:45 - Chasm
15:50 - PAX East and Indie Chat
20:18 - Drunken Robot Pornography/Steam controller
27:30 - Rats: Time Is Running Out
30:15 - Strike Vector
36:42 - Super Mario Bros. 3
44:55 - Gameboy 25th Anniversary
58:50 - Last Call
68:30 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_142_-_Cats_are_the_Good_Guys.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! We have a light menu of some delicious appetizers today: Dark Souls II, NES Remix 2 and to finish off your meal we have some Octodad!

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_04-22-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:37am PDT

Randy and D.J. (with a little help from the VGH community) report in from PAX East. Thousands of gamers and only some of them are wearing deodorant!

Direct download: VGH_141_-_Live_from_PAX_East.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13am PDT

It's a special all Texas Taco Tuesday! On the menu today: Trials, Pure Chess, Super Mario Bros 3, F-Zero and of course... Final Fantasy 14? 

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_04-15-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:02am PDT

Randy and D.J. are going to PAX East this year so Nintendo, Sony, and friends don't have to. But why is that exactly? We also discuss Vlambeer's indie guilt, Batmanstlevania, Final Fantasy, and, as always, baseball.


Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
3:35 - Game Night/PAX East hype
7:45 - Rusty's Real Deal Baseball
15:50 - Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate
24:13 - The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 2
33:49 - Final Fantasy XIV
40:20 - PAX East no-shows
47:20 - The Guilt of the Video Game Millionaires
56:58 - Last Call
59:00 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_140_-_Double_Super_Secret_Detective_Mode.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:15am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! On the menu today: RBI Baseball, Lego Hobbit, Titanfall (again?!), Wario Ware, and a new Kirby game! Mmmm hmmm! 

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_04-08-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Are The Elder Scrolls Online? Do they have to be? We launch a full investigation. Also, Paul makes an impulse purchase, Randy climbs to the top of a building, and you'll never guess what D.J.'s doing.


Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:35 - Game Night
8:28 - Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
16:30 - Infamous Second Son
32:24 - Final Fantasy XIV
38:00 - Chattin' About MMOs
54:32 - Viewer Mail
56:58 - Last Call
62:20 - Outro


Direct download: VGH_139_-_Superdungeon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:12am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! On the menu this week: Elder Scrolls Online, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, Mercenary Kings, FTL: Advanced Edition and... Goat Simulator? 

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_04-01-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:42am PDT

This episode truly has it all: Final Fantasy. Robots. Skeletons. A different Final Fantasy. Facebook. Pizza. Republicans. It's all here.


Episode Timeline:

0:00 - Intro
5:02 - Titanfall
10:08 - Final Fantasy XIV
23:34 - Diablo III
34:48 - Final Fantasy X HD
42:05 - Robot appreciation
48:46 - Facebook buys Oculus Rift
56:12 - Viewer Mail
62:50 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_138_-_Optimus_Prime_Day.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49am PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! On the menu this week: Fez, and Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. Ooooh spicy!

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_03-25-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:00pm PDT

Titanfall is a first-person shooter multiplayer video game developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts as an exclusive for Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. The game was officially announced as Respawn's debut game at Micr


Episode Timeline:

0:00 - Intro
8:50 - Shadowrun Returns
18:30 - Threes
24:27 - Thief
33:16 - Titanfall
52:37 - Viewer Mail
59:30 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_137_-_Be_Like_Pete.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:38pm PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! VGH community member Pete Cintula joins Randy to get hyped for this weeks games. On the menu today, Infamous: Second Son, Kiefer Sutherland: The Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes story, Final Fantasy X-HD and more! 

Direct download: Taco_Tuesday_03-18-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:29am PDT

Matt returns with a shocking announcement about Telltale's The Walking Dead: Season 2. Randy decides the new Professor Layton game feels familiar but that's OK. D.J. stunt casts the Last of Us movie. And we all can't wait to rent games over the Internet!


Episode Timeline:

0:00 - Intro
6:30 - The Walking Dead Season 2: Episode 2
15:18 - Weapon Shop de Omasse
19:15 - Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
28:25 - Puzzle Games
39:25 - Final Fantasy xIV
42:35 - PlayStation Now and game rentals
53:40 - The Last of Us movie
59:50 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_136_-_Tom_Cruise_Will_Remember_This.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:32am PDT

Tacos and Titans and Towers oh my! D.J. and Paul wax poetic about this week's new games! Included on the menu today: Titanfall, Towerfall, Yoshi's NEW Island and Dark Souls II.

Direct download: VGH_-_Taco_Tuesday_03-11-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Can you smell what the River is cooking? Join the VGH crew as they chat about Thief, Weapon Shop de Omasse, and the FF14 “end-game”. Also: stealth games, year 3 of the 3DS and more!


Episode Timeline:

0:00 - Intro
8:05 - Thief
26:03 - Weapon Shop de Omasse
38:00 - Animal Crossing and FF14 end game
43:15 - 3rd Anniversary of the 3DS
53:40 - Legacy Support for old games
59:50 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_135_-_I_Can_Smell_the_River_from_Here.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:47pm PDT

It's Taco Tuesday! Randy and D.J. run down this week's hot new releases. South Park, Project Diva f, Tappingo, Dead Nation and more!

Direct download: VGH_-_Taco_Tuesday_03-04-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:46am PDT

Get all the latest sports things and points news on this week's episode of Video Sports Sportover. Just like every week, we talk about Call of Duty, Bravely Default, a Mario, stuff Ken Levine stores in his pants, Strider, and Matt Kernan. The Olympics!


Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
7:20 - Starwhal
12:01 - Call of Duty: Ghosts
19:25 - Strider
30:02 - Bravely Default
34:12 - Paper Mario: Sticker Star
40:50 - Ken Levine's Cyborg Mouth
50:20 - Sports
62:41 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_134_-_Pierce_the_Heart.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:12pm PDT

It’s Taco Tuesday! Randy and Paul dig into this week’s new releases including Thief, Resident Evil 4 HD, Basement Crawl, and new entries in the Castlevania, Plants vs. Zombies, and Professor Layton series.

Direct download: VGH_-_Taco_Tuesday_02-25-14.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

We're all just waiting for our titan to fall on this week's show. Paul and D.J. climb up the walls in the Titanfall beta, Randy takes a Steel Diver sub for a leisurely drive, and the Unsung Story Kickstarter gets funded or something.


Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
6:46 - Steel Diver
16:30 - Last of Us: Left Behind
24:05 - Titanfall Beta
43:53 - Bravely Default
49:00 - Unsung Story Kickstarter
57:20 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_133_-_Fo_Free.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:02am PDT

Paul's missing, so Matt mysteriously appears with stories about crappy looking swordfighting and giant poles. D.J. gets help from the Internet in Bravely Default. Randy makes a big decision. And have you heard about this Flappy Bird game?

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
2:40 - Viewer Mail
7:30 - Nidhogg
12:52 - Spelunky
20:40 - Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
31:05 - Wii U chat/ Wind Waker HD
43:14 - Super Pole Riders
46:30 - Bravely Default
51:05 - Dong Nguyen's big weekend
59:46 - Last Call
64:50 - Outro



Direct download: VGH_132_-_The_Phantom_Menace.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09am PDT

We discuss the dark side of game sales and consumerism while D.J. bites his tongue completely off. Also, Randy inspects Lara Croft's HD-er makeover and Paul plays the latest Final Fantasy 13. If you listen to this episode right now, it's half off!

Episode Timeline:

0:00 - Intro
2:40 - Viewer Mail
10:42 - Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition
14:00 - Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII
19:55 - Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
26:45 - VGCT: Far Cry 3
31:30 - Jason Rohrer vs. game sales
58:13 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_131_-_Not_So_Kudos.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:07am PDT

This week, we finally bring the hammer down on Conan O'Brien and his fraudulent video game reviews. (Someone has to!) Randy tries out Contrast and Don't Starve on PS4, Paul sets his sights on 100%-ing Radiant Historia, and D.J. keeps on doing his thing.

Episode Timeline:

0:00 - Intro
3:32 - Viewer Mail
9:00 - Contrast
13:37 - Don't Starve
21:52 - Final Fantasy XIV
29:12 - Radiant Historia
34:27 - Conan O'Brien and YouTube payola
57:25 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_130_-_Bork_the_Timeline.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:40am PDT

We know you're not the type of gamer who would ever skip a game's cutscenes and just watch the ending on YouTube but, as suggested by one of our awesome listeners, we're discussing those lamentable practices on this week's show. We've also got more hype for the upcoming Bravely Default and thoughts on the new Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus and Catlateral Damage.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
3:35 - Viewer Mail
14:45 - Catlateral Damage
17:55 - Ratchet and Clank: Into the Nexus
24:03 - Bravely Default
35:35 - Cutscenes and games as complete experiences
56:09 - Last Call
1:02:15 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_129_-_Brave_It_or_Default_It.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:55am PDT

Get hype for delicious pizza in 2014! We literally salivate in anticipation of this year's hottest upcoming pizzas, featuring the latest sauce innovations and the most surprising topping exclusives. Pre-order yours for delivery today! Also, video games!

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
3:20 - Viewer Mail
11:00 - Chibi-Robo! Photo Finder
18:52 - XCOM: Enemy Unknown
27:45 - 2014 Hype Train
54:30 - 2014 Gaming Resolutions
63:50 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_128_-_Pizza_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:31am PDT

We take a last look back at 2013 and all the great games we played. Find out which ones were our choices for Game of the Year!

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
7:36 - Top Games of 2013
65:00 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_127_-_Party_Situation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:32am PDT

D.J. and Paul try out the new Just Cause 2 Multiplayer mod and live to tell you about it! Also: Flying Boats...? Intro and Outro music for this show are from the Just Cause 2 soundtrack, composed by Mats Lundgren.

Direct download: VGH_Mini_Hangover_-_Just_Cause_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:53am PDT

It's just D.J. and his microphone again, so it must be time to talk about the Guild games on 3DS! Get impressions on Keiji Inafune's Bugs vs. Tanks! and Kaz Ayabe's Attack of the Friday Monsters! Also... is that you, Snake? SNAAAAAKE!

Direct download: Mini_Hangover_-_Bugs_vs_Tanks_-_Attack_of_the_Friday_Monsters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am PDT

It’s our annual Hungover Hangover special! Join us for a special extended episode where we take your tweets, emails, and voice messages! Thank you for your support, and boy are you in for a doozy.

Direct download: VGH_126_-_No_Touching.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:13pm PDT

Turn up the volume and get ready for an hour of 2013’s best game music! We play and discuss some of our favorite tracks this year. Also, SteamWorld Dig.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
1:48 - Viewer Mail
5:50 - SteamWorld Dig
12:30 - Best Game Music of 2013
62:48 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_125_-_Blips_and_Bloops_2_-_Soundtrack_to_Your_Death.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:36am PDT

What happens when we stop talking about games and decide to make one? The results surprised even us. (Don't worry, there's still some gaming chat, including more Zelda, Mario 3D World, and some PS4 catch-up.)

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
1:48 - Viewer Mail
6:45 - Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
16:00 - Super Mario 3D World
18:51 - Knack
29:48 - Live streaming games
41:26 - VGH: The Video Game
65:20 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_124_-_Oh_My_Despot.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:26am PDT

Who needs next-gen consoles when you've got Nintendo games to play? This week, we're unhealthily obsessed with Zelda, Link, Mario, Toad, and... is there a Wii Sports guy? Why are we talking about Wii Sports in 2013 again?

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
4:27 - Viewer Mail
15:36 - Wii Sports Club
21:30 - Super Mario 3D World
36:00 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
63:00 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_123_-_Shiny_Shiny_Legs.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:04am PDT

We bought two of Sony's new PlayStations and boy, are our arms tired! We also played a Nintendo 2DS without buying one, then took a break from playing games to look at some in a museum. Finally, Burial at Sea is the BioShock Infinite DLC of the Year.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
3:56 - Viewer Mail
8:10 - BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea
12:50 - Games at the MoMA
20:12 - Nintendo 2DS
24:50 - PlayStation 4
71:10 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_122_-_antoniobanderas_dot_gif.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:08am PDT

Between all the grinding, collecting, and microtransactions, it’s amazing we even had time to record this week’s show about the extremes we go to for some games. We’ve also got talk of Saints Row IV, Tiny Death Star, and (seriously?) more on Pokemon X/Y.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:14 - Viewer Mail
11:41 - Saints Row IV
21:50 - Pokemon X/Y
29:58 - Tiny Death Star
39:52 - The Grind
61:50 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_121_-_Good_Grief.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:59am PDT

With next-gen consoles right around the corner, we’re laying the PS3 and Xbox 360 to rest this week with all of our favorite stuff from the current gen. Also: Pokemon (we actually played it!), AiRace Speed, and Nintendo’s Swapnote dong debacle.

Episode Timeline
0:00 - Intro 2:08 - Viewer Mail 10:05 - Pokemon X/Y 22:55 - AiRace Speed 27:27 - Eulogy for a Generation 76:00 - Outro  

Direct download: VGH_120_-_Fiddles_and_Crap.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:03am PDT

We're having a spooOOoOOOOoOoky time playing Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs and deciding if we like this new direction horror games are headed. Also, we played Splinter Cell Blacklist with the community and lived to tell about it! So we tell you about it.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
4:04 - Viewer Mail
6:00 - Spinter Cell: Blacklist multiplayer
18:00 - Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs 
35:35 - Horror Game Chat
42:00 - Spooky Viewer Mail
51:55 - Last Call
56:20 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_119_-_Crawling_Through_Duck_Pipes.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

Writer/director Rob McCallum talks with us this week about his upcoming indie documentary, The NES Club.

Direct download: VGH_Interview_-_Rob_McCallum.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

It's the Pokemon episode you've been waiting for, featuring three guys who have never played Pokemon! Also, dungeonmaster Randy rolls an elf in an RPG. D.J. plays a gritty first-person shooter. Matt tries a demo... OR DOES HE? WHAT'S HAPPENING?

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro 
2:30 - Viewer Mail
9:09 - Battlefield 4 Demo
17:25 - The Wolf Among Us
25:24 - Shadowrun Returns
32:59 - The Stanely Parable Demonstration
37:07 - Pokemon Chat?
54:54 - Last Call
62:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_118_-_Who_Murdered_a_Buddy.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:10am PDT

What's better than staring at a GTA Online error screen? How about hanging out with creepy wooden versions of Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe? We dish on Beyond: Two Souls, Flashback: More Bros Edition, the new Phoenix Wright in 3D, and Randy plays a JRPG.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:08 - Viewer Mail
6:15 - GTA V
20:40 - Beyond: Two Souls
35:38 - Phoenix Wright
43:00 - Etrian Odyssey
49:52 - Flashback
57:30 - Last Call
61:00 -

Direct download: VGH_117_-_Thats_Not_How_a_Human_Works.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

We pay our respects to the late Hiroshi Yamauchi by looking back at the big N’s history and sharing some of our favorite Nintendo memories. In the Hangover: We like GTA5 when it doesn't make us torture people, and D.J. learns to sew in Final Fantasy XIV.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
2:25 - Viewer Mail
2:35 - Grand Theft Auto V
18:55 - Lego City Undercover
24:17 - Final Fantasy XIV
31:49 - Hiroshi Yamauchi and Nintendo Chat
58:08 - Last Call
65:00 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_116_-_Come_Get_Some_New_Pants.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:19am PDT

Brace yourselves. It's a full hour dedicated to the Grand Theft Auto V of video games: Grand Theft Auto V.

Direct download: VGH_115_-_The_Weed_Mission.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

We finally stick a fork in the Summer Backlog Attack because it's time to stop playing old games and start stealing cars. We also stick multiple forks into Splinter Cell, and Paul's still playing Diablo III? Oh, it's the NEW Diablo III. Plus Watch Dogs!

Episode Timeline:

0:00 - Intro
3:00 - Viewer Mail
11:38 - Backlog Attack
25:03 - Splinter Cell Blacklist
31:31 - Killzone: Mercenary
39:35 - Diablo III
47:35 - Grand Theft Auto V
52:10 - Watch Dogs
58:49 - Last Call
64:30 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_114_-_Play_It_in_Klingon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:06am PDT

Is there any good reason to pick up an Xbox One or a PS4 on release day? The truth is out there! This week, we're playing Gone Home (no spoilers!), Spelunky, Final Fantasy 14, Jet Set Radio, and weighing in on the next-gen console release dates.

Episode Timeline
0:00 - Intro
2:50 - Viewer Mail
4:55 - Backlog Attack Update
10:10 - Spelunky
17:45 - Gone Home
31:05 - Final Fantasy 14
39:06 - Next Gen Release Dates
57:20 - Last Call
65:00 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_113_-_Aliens_Are_Real.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

We've got a report on the best new games and biggest announcements from PAX Prime 2013 in Seattle! Also, we're still playing Splinter Cell Blacklist, Shin Megami Tensei IV, and the Backlog Attack continues on with Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel.

Episode Timeline:
0:00 - Intro
2:56 - Viewer Mail
11:10 - Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel
16:32 - Splinter Cell Blacklist
19:20 - Shin Megami Tensei IV
28:05 - PAX Prime 2013
62:22 - Last Call
65:40 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_112_-_7_Donuts.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:02am PDT

RAGE! RAGE! RAGE! We're letting off some steam over the things in games that make us mad. (Then we're binge eating.) In the Hangover, we're playing Splinter Cell Blacklist and Spec Ops: The Line. Also, your comments from Twitter on Viewer Mail!

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:45 - Viewer Mail
15:18 - Spec Ops: The Line
20:28 - Spinter Cell: Blacklist
34:10 - Gamer RAGE
56:28 - Last Call
59:08 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_111_-_Whoops_Im_a_Ghost.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:07am PDT

Are you a game collector or just a hoarder? We're discussing the nuances of video game collecting and the allure of that shiny, new collector's edition of your favorite game. In the Hangover, we're playing Steamworld Dig, Brothers, and Divekick.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
3:00 - Viewer Mail
7:58 - Backlog Attack update
9:19 - Shadows of the Damned
21:17 - Divekick
25:42 - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
30:27 - Steamworld Dig
39:38- Collecting Games
1:03:45 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_110_-_Drop_the_Beets.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:50am PDT

Despite the doom haze surrounding the Wii U, we manage to stay positive and discuss the things that Nintendo's doing right. (But we can't resist dishing on the motion controls and the Big N's stubbornness anyway.) Also, your Backlog Attack entries!

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:49 - Viewer Mail
9:22 - Backlog Attack Update
16:20 - Spec Ops: The Line
22:01 - Resident Evil: Revelations
30:25 - Shadows of the Damned
38:16 - Ode to Nintendo
61:50 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_109_-_Oily_Men.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:08am PDT

We dig into the Dragon's Crown controversy this week: Are you ever turned away from a game because of creative decisions? Also, we make some backlog progress and get into Mindjack and Analogue: A Hate Story, and Paul tries out the co-op in Ibb and Obb.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:31 - Viewer Mail and Contest Info
19:19 - Analogue: A Hate Story
28:00 - Mindjack
33:15 - Ibb and Obb
40:00 - Dragon's Crown Controversy 
55:45 - Last Call
60:38 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_108_-_Gunwheel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:05am PDT

We continue our discussion on scalability of game experiences from last week. In the Hangover, Randy talks about samurai warriors using iPads in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Paul has more X Zone musings and D.J. grinds beetles to dust in Animal Crossing.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:41 - Viewer Mail
16:40 - Shin Megami Tensei IV
24:15 - Project X Zone
30:32 - Animal Crossing
39:23 - Scaling Game Experiences Part 2
56:45 - Phil Fish
59:28 - Last Call
62:30 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_107_-_Anime_Butt_Posters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:00am PDT

It's tougher than ever to fit lengthy gaming experiences into our crowded schedules. We discuss our efforts to adapt, or whether that's developers' responsibility. Also, Randy abuses himself, and your most shameful backlog games revealed in Viewer Mail!

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:09 - Viewer Mail
14:55 - Walking Dead: Survival Instinct
21:09 - Half Minute Hero
28:18 - Animal Crossing
34:55 - Scaling Game Experiences
57:42 - Last Call
63:18 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_106_-_Community_Grooming.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56am PDT

The Summer Backlog Attack returns! We've each got our sights on some games to finish before the Fall releases hit... and some of them are going to be tough. We explain why! In the Hangover: Project X Zone, Tetris Blitz, and the brand new Mii Plaza.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:06 - Viewer Mail
12:45 - Tetris Blitz
18:22 - Mii Plaza Games
27:18 - Project X Zone
35:19 - Backlog Attack 2013!
59:07 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_105_-_Silly_Shenanigans_Funtime.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:59am PDT

There's still some life left in those old consoles! We're looking ahead at the back half of 2013 for the current-gen games we most want to play this year (besides GTAV, of course). Also: thoughts on Walking Dead: 400 Days and the Final Fantasy XIV beta.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:20 - Viewer Mail
9:01 - Hangover
32:25 - Get Hype 2013 Part 2
58:55 - Last Call
63:38 - Outro

Direct download: VGH_104_-_Creatively_Bankrupt.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

We're playing The Last of Us and wondering if sometimes games try too hard to be... game-y? We discuss finding a proper mix of gameplay and narrative as games become more cinematic. Also, Randy spends his summer vacation in Remember Me's Neo Paris.

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
1:47 - Viewer Mail
13:02 - Hangover
38:42 - Cine-games
59:47 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_103_-_Flying_Toasters.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34pm PDT

Are you a closet gamer? We're picking apart the concept of "gamer shame" and seeing how far we have to turn the clock back before games become unplayable. Also, Mighty Switch Force! 2, State of Decay, and spoiler-free Last of Us talk!

Episode Timeline
0:00 - Intro
3:00 - Viewer Mail
12:33 - Hangover
36:00 - Gamer Shame
59:56 - Last Call
65:54 - Outro 
Direct download: VGH_102_-_Out_and_Proud.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:11am PDT

We took a break from playing Animal Crossing: New Leaf long enough to record a show! We spend this week trying to pin down just what makes Nintendo's offbeat life simulator so popular. Also: Your post-E3 reactions and Xbox One vs. PlayStation 4!

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
1:52 - Viewer Mail
10:30 - Animal Crossing Chat
52:20 - Last Call
59:56 - Outro 

Direct download: VGH_101_-_Animal_Crossing_Mega_Thing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:58am PDT

On this week's show: E3! We recap some of our favorite highlights and lowlights from the first two days of E3 2013. Yup, just straight up E3 reactions from the VGH Crew!

Direct download: VGH_-_E3_2013.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:57am PDT

VGH levels up to three digits! To celebrate, listener Anthony Ferro joins us to talk Virtual Boy and other gaming gimmicks. In the Hangover, we're playing Donkey Kong, StarCraft II, and Mutant Blobs Attack. Thanks for your support for over 100 episodes!

Episode Timeline

0:00 - Intro
2:29 - Our Guest Host
5:50 - Hangover
26:59 - Gaming Gimmicks
55:39 - Last Call
63:48 - Outro 


Direct download: VGH_100_-_On_like_Donkey_Kong.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

D.J. reviews two more of those wacky Guild01 games for the 3DS. This time, it's Suda51's Liberation Maiden and Yoot Saito's Aero Porter. Tune in if you want to hear about Japan's latest robot invasion and learn about the exciting world of... baggage sorting?

Direct download: Mini_Hangover__Liberation_Maiden_-_Aero_Porter.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

The Xbox One is real and we can't contain our excitement! We discuss Microsoft's next-gen console reveal and how it stacks up with the PlayStation 4. Also, we're playing Metro: Last Light, The Starship Damrey, and Jacob Jones and the Bigfoot Mystery.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:28
Xbox One: 25:00
Viewer Mail: 55:00
Last Call: 58:00
Outro: 61:54 

Direct download: VGH_99_-_XBONE.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:09am PDT

We're joined by Robert Maher and Tyler Bud, developers of the retro sci-fi game, Rex Rocket. They discuss modern takes on old school genres, find the line between epic and too epic, and reveal their surprising pick for best Mega Man game.

Episode Timeline

0:00 – Intro
1:10 – Interview: Rex Rocket
36:20 – Outro

Direct download: VGH_Interview__Rex_Rocket.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:00am PDT

Domo arigato! On this week's show, D.J. returns from the Land of the Rising Sun with a suitcase full of slimes, cats and beef tongue. We're also reading your tweets and talking about Gears of War: Judgment, FarCry 3: Blood Dragon, and Gunslinger Stratos.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:54
Hangover: 16:45
D.J.'s trip to Japan: 34:35
Last Call: 56:28
Outro: 60:45 

Direct download: VGH_98_-_Shall_We_Dash.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04am PDT

On this week's show, we've got more questions than answers about Rockstar's new trailers for Grand Theft Auto V. We also break down Nintendo's odd E3 decision, Thomas Was Alone, Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon, Suikoden, and our love for Marc Maron. Boomer lives!

Episode Timeline
Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:02
Hangover: 13:37
GTA V Chat: 33:25
Nintendo Chat: 43:20
Last Call: 54:30
Outro: 60:18

Direct download: VGH_97_-_Bodacious_and_Gnarly.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

Does it offend you? On this week's show, we're talking about one gamer's objection to the religious content in Bioshock Infinite and our own sensitivities to games that push the envelope. Plus: Fire Emblem, Luigi's Mansion, SimCity 2.0, and more.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:36
Hangover: 9:05
I'm Offended: 29:00
Last Call: 57:05
Outro: 60:30
Bioshock Infinite Spoiler Chat: 61:24

Direct download: VGH_96_-_Suck_Mechanic.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18am PDT

We're looking back on 31 years of LucasArt's best stuff and sharing our hopes for the future of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Grim Fandango. We've also got talk of Guacamelee, Dishonored DLC, Quakecon excitement, early multiplayer memories and more!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:55
Hangover: 11:53
LucasArts: 27:10
Last Call: 57:36
Outro: 60:20 

Direct download: VGH_95_-_Keep_Your_Ears_Peeled.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:13am PDT

Time to pull the plug on online multiplayer? Responding to claims that multiplayer is lagging out, we discuss ways to potentially save it (and whether it deserves saving at all). In the Hangover, everyone's hooked on Bioshock Infinite.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:33
Hangover: 5:12
Death of Multiplayer: 26:48
Outro: 60:57 

Direct download: VGH_94_-_Mobile_Field_Nurse_Murse.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18am PDT

The often cantankerous relationship between gamers, publishers, and the press is in the spotlight this week. We've also got thoughts on Tomb Raider (not Dude Raider) and we're diving deeping into Monster Hunter.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Hangover: 2:11
Entitled Gamers: 29:30
Outro: 61:38 

Direct download: VGH_93_-_Where_Hopes_and_Dreams_Go_to_Die.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:06am PDT

Our host Randy joins forces with folks from the Boom Headshot, Geeks With Wives, and First World podcasts to talk about recent releases (God of War: Ascension, Luigi's Mansion 2) and their tumultuous relationships with achievements and trophies.

Direct download: VGH_Crossover_2_-_Trophies_and_Achievements.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

This week's show is all about the games! Paul and D.J. weigh in on their latest obsession, Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate, and Randy is just back from PAX East with impressions of Saints Row IV, Watch Dogs, Transistor, Guacamelee and more!

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:25
Hangover: 8:36
PAX East: 37:14
Outro: 63:33 

Direct download: VGH_92_-_Penguins_Are_Awful.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:00am PDT

If loving jetpacks and starship dress-up is wrong, we don't want to be right! This week, we share all the "wrong" reasons we play games. In the Hangover: Castlevania Lords of Shadow 3DS, and we stick forks in Mass Effect 3 and Battlefield 3.

Episode Timeline

Intro: 0:00
Viewer Mail: 2:39
Hangover: 7:15
Why We Play: 32:00
Last Call: 57:45
Outro: 64:03 

Direct download: VGH_91_-_Loghead.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:08am PDT